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Shyamal Mukherjee

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About Artist

Shyamal Mukherjee is an artist who has spent his entire life in Calcutta, only venturing out to attend showings of his works, and only speaking in Bengali. In Mukherjee's work, we see the Bengal School strong figur...

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Shyamal Mukherjee is an artist who has spent his entire life in Calcutta, only venturing out to attend showings of his works, and only speaking in Bengali.

In Mukherjee's work, we see the Bengal School strong figurative tradition being carried ahead and interpreted in a very contemporary idiom. Mukherjee says he loves to travel alone in new places on buses and trains since, "Most of my inspiration comes from observing people." It's not surprising that every figure in his body of works has a separate and interesting story to tell. Most of the people Mukherjee paints are performers of some type, putting on an act for everyone else - something all of us do everyday of our lives. Mukherjee's figures are dressed in the bright, almost gaudy orange, red and green costumes that street performers wear, but their eyes are gazing and drawn, their faces almost cartoon like and their fingers podgy, making the irony and pathos that surrounds them extremely evident. For one of his recent shows in Mumbai, the artist decided to use beggars and street vendors as the subject of his works, essaying their pitiable condition in his trademark style.

The artist also likes to focus on the fact that each individual has a great deal in common with every other one. This is why he paints people in pairs or larger groups, highlighting that though they are physically separate and unlike each other, there is no real difference between their characters and behaviors.

Mukherjee's favourite medium is reverse oil or acrylic painting on transparent acrylic sheets, and he swears that although he may change his themes and subjects, inventing new ones for new shows, he will never give up painting in this medium. Although Mukherjee loves to paint, he says he has many other hobbies. He teaches children in his spare time, and says that he learns more from them than they realize. He also collects rural artworks and the crafts of Bengali artisans.

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  • BIODATA

  • About Artist

    Shyamal Mukherjee is an artist who has spent his entire life in Calcutta, only venturing out to attend showings of his works, and only speaking in Bengali.

    In Mukherjee's work, we see the Bengal School strong figurative tradition being carried ahead and interpreted in a very contemporary idiom. Mukherjee says he loves to travel alone in new places on buses and trains since, "Most of my inspiration comes from observing people." It's not surprising that every figure in his body of works has a separate and interesting story to tell. Most of the people Mukherjee paints are performers of some type, putting on an act for everyone else - something all of us do everyday of our lives. Mukherjee's figures are dressed in the bright, almost gaudy orange, red and green costumes that street performers wear, but their eyes are gazing and drawn, their faces almost cartoon like and their fingers podgy, making the irony and pathos that surrounds them extremely evident. For one of his recent shows in Mumbai, the artist decided to use beggars and street vendors as the subject of his works, essaying their pitiable condition in his trademark style.

    The artist also likes to focus on the fact that each individual has a great deal in common with every other one. This is why he paints people in pairs or larger groups, highlighting that though they are physically separate and unlike each other, there is no real difference between their characters and behaviors.

    Mukherjee's favourite medium is reverse oil or acrylic painting on transparent acrylic sheets, and he swears that although he may change his themes and subjects, inventing new ones for new shows, he will never give up painting in this medium. Although Mukherjee loves to paint, he says he has many other hobbies. He teaches children in his spare time, and says that he learns more from them than they realize. He also collects rural artworks and the crafts of Bengali artisans.

  • Academics

    1989 Master of Fine Arts, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata

    1987 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata

  • Exhibitions

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2009 Galleria, New Delhi

    2006 Art N Soul, New Delhi


    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2008 The Human Psyche, Galleria, New Delhi

    2008 Art from Bengal, Art Elements Gallery, New Delhi

    2001 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Mumbai, Kolkata

    2001 Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2001 Galleria, Mumbai

    2000 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Mumbai

    2000 Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2000 Galleria, Mumbai

    2000 Vinyasa Art Gallery, Chennai

    1999 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

    1999 Pegasus Art Gallery, New Delhi

    1999 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

    1999 Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1999 Art Today, New Delhi

    1999 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Mumbai

    1999 Vinyasa Art Gallery, Chennai

    1998 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1998 Vinyasa Art Gallery, Chennai

    1997 Arpana Caur's Art Gallery, New Delhi

    1997 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

    1997 Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1996 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Mumbai

    1995 Variety at Gallery La Mere, Kolkata

    1995 Rashtriya Lalit Kala Kendra, Kolkata

    1992 Tata Centre, Kolkata

    1992 Rashtriya Lalit Kala Kendra, Kolkata

    1991 Encounter, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

    1991 Introduction, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

    1991 New Generation, The Centre Art Gallery, Kolkata

    1990 Encounter, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

    1985-90 Academy Mid Summer Exhibition; West Bengal State Arts Exhibition



    PARTICIPATIONS

    1997 Art Access Week, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Mumbai

    1996 Monsoon Show, Nehru Centre, Mumbai

    1994 Friendship'94, Birla Academy of Arts and Culture, Kolkata

    1992 Friendship'92, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

    1985-98 Annual Exhibition, Birla Academy of Arts and Culture

    1985-90 Annual Exhibition, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

    1985-90 Annual Exhibition, Indian Society of Oriental Arts, Kolkata

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